|V/A - Wein, Weib und Gesang [kpu072] - V/A|
Our largest and most ambitious release to date, "Wein, Weib und Gesang" is a focus on experimental and ambient-styled electronics, with tracks from a group of some of the most remarkable musicians around. Some of these faces are new to Kikapu, while some have previously released here a number of times. The title is an old German saying that is loosely translated as "wine, women and songs...all you need to be happy in life." Seeing as this release clocks in at nearly five hours in length, these s...
Downloads: 86,235 (5 reviews)
|Leonard J. Paul - The Corporation Soundtrack [kpu101] - Leonard J. Paul|
Our final release of 2006 is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the award-winning Canadian documentary The Corporation, produced by Canadian composer Leonard J. Paul. This is the original music soundtrack plus extra pieces, totaling 28 tracks for the release. It also comes w/ artwork and full liner notes from Leonard himself. This is a huge release for us, and we're very proud to be able to offer it at Kikapu...
Downloads: 48,574 (2 reviews)
|roto visage - la muse cachée [kpu099] - roto visage|
file under: dark ambience, elegance, density roto visage returns with another incredible full-length of dark, experimental ambience, titled la muse cachée. For this, our 99th release, roto visage takes you into the darkest recesses of your mind, and won't let go. Really fantastic stuff, frightening at times, serene at others. This is a must-listen.
Keywords: dark ambient; experimental
|roto visage - der golem [kpu087] - roto visage|
This highly abstract release from Kikapu newcomer, roto visage, is mostly minimal, yet in some instances dense, containing layer upon layer of bleak, disturbing and desolate soundscapes. His debut album, "der golem," can be closely aligned with dark ambient yet moves away from the genre with its organic, meditative explorations. The inherent isolation within the tracks is at times uncomfortable, a forced introspection, but quickly sinks into a dark solitude, as though anything beyond melancholy ...
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient; Noise
Downloads: 24,797 (1 review)
|MonoCulture - Real Anarchists Cross With The Light [kpu081] - MonoCulture|
Hippocamp alumnus MonoCulture, who goes by the name of Nick Eymann in the non-digital world, is known around the net.label scene for his amazing production values interwoven with some of the tightest rhythm work and most superb melodies ever heard in the IDM genre. MonoCulture definitely doesn't disappoint on this long-tracker EP; the remarkable use of vocal samples and granulized ambiences along with the aformentioned elements brings MonoCulture's output to a whole new level.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
Downloads: 17,075 (1 review)
|souns - lights [kpu073] - souns|
souns is an ambient project from vancouver-based DJ/producer/promoter michael red. 'lights' came out of the source material created exclusively for an event michael put together for newformsfestival 04. the event, simply titled 'a sound event', was successful in creating a fusion between modern electronic music and ancient healing sound. happening in four movements, the most intensive healing work happened in the second and third movement...
|Roto Visage - La coquille et le clergyman [kpu111]|
The sounds of Roto Visage seep into the celluloid and flicker with the moving images of what has been argued as being the first surrealist film, Antonin Artaud and Germaine Dulac's La coquille et le clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman, 1928). Implementing a phantasmagorical approach towards construction, a boundless number of sound sources and arrangement techniques were fused together to create this soundtrack...
|The Over Greenland - The Lost Levels EP [kpu100] - The Over Greenland|
This amazing EP is from Ed Powley's new project, The Over Greenland. Ed has been releasing music under his own name, and the ever-popular Colophon moniker for years now on a great many other net.labels. His first Kikapu release is entitled The Lost Levels EP which contains five tracks of guitar-driven beauty. At times uplifting and bombastic, at others minimal and relaxing, this is one incredibly special album, and is definitely worthy of being our 100th release.
Keywords: post-rock; guitar; electronic
Downloads: 6,364 (1 review)
|Aidan Baker & Ben Fleury-Steiner - Second Week of the Second Month [kpu107] - Aidan Baker & Ben Fleury-Steiner|
file under: guitar duos, dark ambient, abstracted electric drones We have a fantastic and much-anticipated new release available today from two of our favorite solo artists - Aidan Baker and Benjamin Fleury-Steiner - collaborating here for 'Second Week of the Second Month.' All the sounds in these four tracks are composed entirely from the electric guitar and it's amazing what these two artists can get out of a single sound source.
Keywords: ambient; dark ambient; abstract; drone; experimental; guitar
|Jenglander - Jenglander EP [kpu045] - Jenglander|
You may know Alexey Devyanin from his past releases as Stud. You may also know Brandon Reid Huey from his past releases as Crashed By Car and Red Lines. Last year the two joined up electronically via the wonderful communicative lines of the world wide interweb and collaborated on a five-track EP, presented here under the Jenglander moniker. A mellow collection of melodic electronica, these tracks take on a life of their own, while still representing each artist's respective solo work...
|Palsecam - We Are Just Borgs [kpu023] - Palsecam|
Lukasz Szalankiewicz [Zenial] is the leader and founder of the Palsecam collective, which is gathering some of the best electro/experimental music from demo-scene artists in Poland - and he is also a contributor to it. His music is present on many compilations in Poland and abroad. Nowadays his music is in the process of being remixed by other artists cooperating with him throughout the world. He is also a collaborator with webzine Eld Rich Palmer, devoted to experimental sounds...
|mikronesia - vxvii [kpu109] - mikronesia|
file under: experimental, shuffling ambient, glitching soundscapes Believe it or not, this amazing new album from Mikronesia will be our last release. Ever. That's right, Kikapu is kaput. We're going out in style though, with this brilliant collection of experimental ambient pieces. Mikronesia first came to our attention from his albums for the always impressive Gears of Sand label, and it's quite an honor for us to be able to release some of his work here at Kikapu...
Keywords: ambient; experimental
Downloads: 19,526 (3 reviews)
|litmus0001 - great [kpu069] - litmus0001|
litmus0001 is Jonathan Ewald, a multi- instrumentalist and gifted producer from the U.S. who creates ambient soundscapes by way of live instrumentation through a series of effects and loops. While the six string bass is his focus, his use of guitar, synth, and programmed rhythms is exemplary and helps add to the depth of his improvisations. His music has been described as "downtempo neo-psychedelic organo-electronic post-/avant-/anti-rock," and this portrayal barely scratches the surface...
Downloads: 2,404 (1 review)
|Wavespan & Nobuto Suda - After the Rain [kpu118] - Wavespan & Nobuto Suda|
For our final release of 2012, we have what might be the single most inspiring and epic piece of music ever released on Kikapu. Wavespan and Nobuto Suda have joined forces to create a single song consisting of various instrumentations, field recordings and drones along with a long list of musical guests adding their own input to the piece, combining their particular elements into the greater whole...
Downloads: 1,058 (1 review)
|Dub Jay - Songs For A Room [kpu055] - Dub Jay|
Warren Sulcs is following up his highly successful past Kikapu release with this new four-track EP of mellow ambience. Stylistically different, yet artistically similar, these new tracks show a different side to Dub Jay than what Kikapu listeners have experienced in the past; this time around the focus is on experimental textures wrapped around ambient rhythms and synthetic pads. Entirely beautiful throughout, we hope everyone grabs these new tracks from Dub Jay.
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient
Downloads: 4,244 (2 reviews)
|Dub Jay - Perfectly Ordinary Recorded Noise [kpu076] - Dub Jay|
It's been over a year and twenty releases since we've had the pleasure of offering new material from Ohio-native Dub Jay, but the man himself is back with another four-track EP of genre-defying music that will take your breath away. Utilizing obscure source material, Dub Jay has accomplished yet again what he did earlier with his first two Kikapu EP's, Mai EP and Songs For A Room, which is to take a style of music and perfectly re-familiarize his audience with what is possible to achieve within ...
Downloads: 2,646 (1 review)
|off land - apt path [kpu102] - off land|
file under: emotional ambience, minimal, remixes We're kicking off this exciting new year with a great new EP from previous releaser Off Land, who one-ups himself from his past works in great style with apt path. On this new collection Off Land is continuing in the same direction of minimal ambience but taking it deeper, with even more emotive qualities present therein, and also adding two wonderful remixes from Gastón Arévalo and Jon 7...
Keywords: ambient; minimal; abstract; experimental; remixes
Downloads: 6,657 (1 review)
|adcBicycle - EP [kpu094] - adcBicycle|
One of our most intricately stunning releases to date, the debut EP from Canada's adcBicycle is nothing short of astonishing; a joining of what seems like hundreds of various samples - from vocals to instruments to field recordings - and intensely complex, live instrumentation and improvisation lead to one of the most incomparable and original albums ever recorded. The pure genius and musicianship of the artist reaches out of every tune to wave a big smiling hello to every single listener...
Keywords: idm; electronic; post-rock
Downloads: 24,769 (6 reviews)
|V/A - Kikapu Gold Standard [kpu050] - v/a|
This compilation disc was originally released in the fall of 2003, and went out of print in early 2005. Since this release was a big giant 'thank you' to all of the wonderful artists we've met along the way of this site's inception and many variations, we thought now that the actual cd's have sold out we should make it available for free downloads. So thanks especially to all of you who bought the cd originally, and for those of you who are hearing it now for the first time, please enjoy.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|Stud - I Saw The Future [kpu093] - Stud|
Longtime Kikapu collaborator and friend Alexey Devyanin, otherwise known as Stud and one half of the well-known group Gultskra Artikler, has returned after a lengthy sojourn with an incredible new EP that is as far away from his previous releases as one could possibly imagine. I guess someone can only create pretty, organic IDM and electronics for so long before an artist has to break out of the mold with new tracks that are bristling with an intensity otherwise unparalleled...
Keywords: idm; drill n' bass
|Veem - The Return [kpu106] - Veem|
file under: analogue ambient, modular mayhem, deep space journey Our latest release comes from old-schooler Veem, aptly titled 'The Return.' Eight tracks of deep analogue pads mixed w/ modular fun, it harkens back to Veem's previous work with us; at times dark yet overall uplifting and pulling you up into the cosmos.
Keywords: ambient; electronic; analog; modular; synth; space; dark ambient
Downloads: 5,662 (1 review)
|Paiyatuma - Arriving at Night in Ithaca [kpu114] - Paiyatuma|
“Arriving At Night In Ithaca” chronicles an imaginary nocturnal sea journey – imagine you are the sailor Ulysses, coming home after many years of travel. Wind instruments such as the bottle and flute play predominant roles in the composition, and no synthesizers were used, to emphasize its timeless qualities. “Paiyatuma” is a wind instrument project of Thomas Park and Shane Morris. The duo incorporate a variety of wind instruments including trombone, flute, and found sounds such as bot...
Downloads: 1,721 (2 reviews)
|Randomajestiq - Spclab9 EP [kpu024] - Randomajestiq|
Russian cosmonauts Randomajestiq (Vladimir Hropov and Andrew Kolochinski) make their Kikapu debut in fine fashion with this EP. Masters of complex, multi-layered post-industrial electronics, Randomajestiq formed in 1998 with the goal of conquering the world with melodic IDM and high-quality engineering. Listening to Randomajestiq is like riding in an electro-Cadillac; you chill in the back and let the drivers do the work for you...
|Bubblegone - Somewhere Between Summer and Winter [kpu089] - bubblegone|
Bubblegone began as an experiment in a new medium for an artist who had not yet found a voice. The medium of experimental ambient noise allowed him to create something that flowed and had the same color and texture as his thoughts and feelings. Bubblegone is one artist who performs solo and often collaborates with other musicians. Artistically, bubblegoneÃÂÃÂs main focus in audio experimentation is to put thoughts and feelings into an audio context...
|Aplink - Galatea Galante / Four-hour Fugue [kpu090] - Aplink|
The mysterious Aplink has arrived with a short but excellent EP of ambience and drones. The tracks here focus on minimalism and the passage of time via repetition and layering; each feels like a cut out cross-section of a larger piece of composition. Insular and introspective, yet outwardly accessible to all.
Keywords: Ambient; Drone; Electronic; Experimental
Downloads: 2,676 (2 reviews)
|The Strait Of Anain - The Strait Of Anain EP [kpu097] - The Strait Of Anain|
The debut release from The Strait Of Anain is a four-track EP of amazing depth and beauty; it utilizes full live instrumentation, spoken word, and vocals to perfection. Similar to some of our past releases by Matt Borghi and adcBicycle, this is another shining moment for Kikapu.
|Pocka - Devoured By A Shark [kpu075] - Pocka|
We've reached another small milestone with our 75th release, a collection of random Pocka tracks that have been sitting on our hard drive for the better part of a year or more. These tracks were primarily produced during 2004 in the wilds of Vancouver, BC, though a few gems from 2003 sneaked their way into this release as well. How to sum up these tracks? Well, it really is quite random, everything from droning ambience to acoustic guitar pop to ragga mashups to a slew of remixes and reinterpret...
|Leenak and Makunouchi Bento - Miopedi [kpu046] - Leenak and Makunouchi Bento|
Our second collaborative project in as many releases, Miopedi is more of a split release that was planned and conceived in a collaborative fashion, rather than the usual joint EP. Hence the tracks being mixed up by the two artists. You might recognize Leenak (aka Kaneel) from a previous Kikapu single and releases on a multitude of labels such as Camomille. The duo Makunouchi Bento has been seen all over the internet as of late, with a plethora of releases on various net.labels...
|Sieve - Vacuum-Assisted [kpu091] - Sieve|
Sieve is back again with another incredible EP of dark moods and thoughts. 'Vacuum-Assisted' focuses a bit more on the overall texture of each track compared to the beat-heavy electronics of his previous Kikapu release, 'wave/particle.' But don't be fooled, there are still plenty of forceful, brooding rhythms scattered throughout this release, all with a foreboding, inexhaustible feeling to them. Yet this release cuts even deeper into your psyche as you listen, pushing you to the edge.
Downloads: 915 (2 reviews)
|C Photon - Gritty EP [kpu062] - C Photon|
Get down wit' yo bad selves! This new EP from Sarajevo's C Photon is lots of fun and actually danceable (gasp!). Seeing as how I'm tired and lazy, I'll let C Photon describe it for you himself: "With this EP my goal was to produce a complex mixture of organic sounds with the help of digital technology; a digital reconstruction of organic sounds. A session-like approach was used a lot. I think that sequencing can`t always work for my music and with this approach I can achieve more natural soundin...
Downloads: 1,839 (1 review)
|r_garcia - travel by light rail [kpu070] - r_garcia|
Nophi Records frontman r_garcia returns to Kikapu with another gorgeously fun EP of chiptune bleeps, beautiful melodies, and remarkable riddims. One might call this a pop-centric view of the IDM sound, whatever that may be. In essence though, it's just a wonderfully enjoyable collection of tracks that will get your booty shaking and have you grinning ear to ear.
Downloads: 1,446 (3 reviews)
|Ernesto Aeroflot - Advice For A Youngster [kpu049] - Ernesto Aeroflot|
A lovely single from our favorite multi-aliased Finn, Ernesto Aeroflot wrote this song as a birthday present for a good friend of his, and was kind enough to share it with all of you. The title tells it all: a constant string of vocal samples run throughout this upbeat track giving, well..advice. Its for all you youngsters out there.
|litmus0001 - Bliss [kpu084] - litmus0001|
litmus0001 has returned with another beautiful full-length album. This new work is similar to his previous Kikapu release in the fact that it revolves around live instrumentation and improvisation that ultimately terminates in some of the deepest and most emotional ambience we've had the pleasure of offering. But at the same time litmus0001 has taken his sound to an entirely new level with the addition of more solid rhythms and structured melodies weaving in and out of the drones of a few key tr...
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|off land - rest ep [kpu092]|
The debut release of off land is a marvelous collection of subdued, melancholic ambience and electronics. Things slowly start off with minimal drones, followed by shuffling beats and anomalous guitar loops, interspersed with vocal snippets. The rest flows like water, with hints of nominal piano melodies, acoustic rhythms, bells and drones sliding in and out through this elegant collection, floating off into oblivion...
Keywords: ambient; electronic; minimal
|Mystified and Dan Minoza - The Pipers of Pluto [kpu113] - Mystified and Dan Minoza|
"The Pipers Of Pluto" is, in part, a collaboration. The longest tracks, the second and last, were created organically from long source sounds supplied by guitarist/musician Dan Minoza. The first track is a short acoustic piece by mystified. Other tracks are also by mystified - one uses only a kazoo as a basis, while the other use a simple nose flute as its only source. Don't let the use of kazoo and nose flute deter you! "Pipers" presents an intense, dark, shifting experience - the musicianship ...
|The System Boot - Feather Shredder EP [kpu006] - The System Boot|
The sixth official Kikapu release is from Memphis, Tennessee artist The System Boot, otherwise known as Allen Morrisson. Though he has been tinkering with electronic music for over a decade, this is only his second release under this moniker, and his first for Kikapu. This exclusive EP delves into more experimental territory than Allen's previous works, and encompasses the styles of IDM, ambient, industrial, glitch, post rock, and classic video game chip tunes.
|Transient - No War EP [kpu040] - Transient|
Self-imposed workaholic Carl Martin has been writing tracker-based music since his early teen years, and is most familiar to the world of electronic music as TBTMO stronghold Transient. He kicks it uptempo with a smile on his face on this Kikapu EP; all of these tracks are very fun atmospheric breakbeat monsters, and every now and then this release speeds up and gets crazy on you, then slows down and chills out...
Downloads: 5,216 (1 review)
|Introspective - Curious Inversions [kpu056] - Introspective|
A wonderful EP of beautiful droning ambience, Kikapu's final release of the year 2003 is proudly presented from net.label star Introspective. Starting off with a prelude of sorts, concering the current state of world affairs, the EP slowly winds its way through minimal atmospherics on a course destined for ambient brilliance. A perfect cap to a great year, everyone please enjoy these tracks from Introspective.
Downloads: 8,566 (1 review)
|evan valentine - sinister device [kpu103] - evan valentine|
file under: idm, breakbeats, rocking out Happy Valentine's Day from Kikapu! Since we love you so much, we have a special present for you today: a new full-length album from none other than Evan Valentine himself! It's called 'sinister device' and this album is a masterwork of tight breakbeats and IDM stylings. It's been sitting on the shelf for awhile, and it's debut is long overdue. Thanks to E. Valentine for the wonderful release and remember that we heart you...
Keywords: IDM; Breakbeats
|Silmu - Drum Machine And Slick Rush [kpu028] - Silmu|
Kikapu's good friend, Silmu, has been biding his time in Finland, waiting for the most opportune moment to strike you net.fans out there. He has arrived at the perfect time, with two new tracks for your listening pleasure. Silmu is an electronic artist known for his collaborative work with Mallisto, as well as his solo efforts. This release finds him teaming up with vocalist Keiju on one track, and manning the controls by himself on the other...
|Crashed By Car - Low Light Rewinder [kpu038] - Crashed By Car|
Presented here is a strangely beautiful collection of experimental electronics from Crashed By Car, the latest project of Brandon Reid Huey from Minneapolis. "Low Light Rewinder" is snowy harmonics and delicate overlapping geometries of melody, percussion, and noise articulating a less-travelled territory of music. From "Alone Machines" where massive unsettling marimba detunings and ring modulations are strikingly reconciled by a warm string arrangement, to the bouncing chain-linked and reversed...
Downloads: 6,097 (1 review)
|Nick Cramer - Barren [kpu010] - Nick Cramer|
We celebrate our tenth release at Kikapu by offering another gem by our official space cadet Nick Cramer. This new EP shows that Nick is consistently one step ahead of the ambient and psychedelic sound with his own brand of space music with hints of jazzy breakbeats and dreamy atmospheric pads. It appears that San Francisco really is the hub of our galaxy.
|KDP - Clever Title [kpu047] - KDP|
Ohio native, steel mill worker, IDM producer: Chris Moore has done it all and then some. His first-ever release on any label of any sort, this five-track EP is a wonderful introduction to his unique if somewhat deranged style of production. Heavy rhythm programming, strong melodies, cut-up vocal samples; everything is hard and heavy and in-your-face on this release. But at the same time, there is a definite cheerful vibe flowing throughout, and we hope that you feel your body popping and your he...
|Eleventy-One - Random Sampling [kpu051] - Eleventy-One|
A few months ago we received a somewhat random email from Steve Chatterton, who goes by the guise of Eleventy-One, who mentioned to us that he was finishing up a new project that was of great interest to us here at Kikapu. The material presented here in this eight-track EP represents an incredibly original approach to an almost academic sound: that of sampling and mixing Bach fugues to the near point of being unrecognizable...
|William Fields - The Ruby-Leif [kpu108] - William Fields|
file under: warm and melodic electronics, experimental compositions, beautiful ambience We have here an amazing new mp3 release from William Fields, titled 'The Ruby-Leif.' It's a 5-track EP of incredibly melodic, beautiful electronics. It harkens back to many of our older releases from past years, and is a welcome addition to our catalogue.
Keywords: ambient; idm; melodic; electronic; experimental
Downloads: 6,338 (1 review)
|r_garcia - Gluteus.Freq [kpu041] - r_garcia|
Florida native and Nophi Recordings frontman r_garcia has so lovingly graced our presence with an album of new tunes, a full 40 minutes worth of new music exclusive to Kikapu that is. While not afraid to show his experimental side, r_garcia's music borders on a mix between melodic electronics and noise, with a surprising slice of soul and funk mixed in. One can also hear his love for indie rock shining through on these tracks, so feel free to rock out yourself to these twelve amazingly fun and b...
Downloads: 24,425 (3 reviews)
|Gustav Bjorklind - Bok [kpu033] - Gustav Bjorklind|
The Swedish takeover of Kikapu continues with our latest release from Gustav BjÃ¶rklind. This release is in a bit of a different direction from what you might call a past discernable "Kikapu sound" with a definite microsound influence. Gustav claims Miles Davis, Kompakt, and coffee as an influence for these tracks, and it shows. Abstract techno with minimal clicks and cuts for breaks, these tracks are a great example of Gustav's style and a very welcome addition to the Kikapu catalogue.
|Komsomol - Words and Pictures [kpu012] - Komsomol|
Fortunately for all of you loyal Kikapu net.fans out there, Finnish artist Sami Liuski recently contacted us about releasing this set of tracks that he composed recently. Upon first listen, one can hear the arctic environment of northern Finland that Komsomol calls home. These BoC-esque tracks paint a picture of a sunny winter's day with warm vintage analogue synths and detached human vocal samples...
|Dub Jay - Mai EP [kpu048] - Dub Jay|
The Kikapu-Ohio link grows even stronger with this latest release from our friend Warren Sulcs, otherwise known as Dub Jay. You might remember Warren from his remix on the algorhythm ep we released here last winter (kpu.027); consider that remix a warm-up for what you are about to hear now. The Mai EP is actually a sort of collaboration between Dub Jay and a few of his close friends. Contributors include Pat Kabat on clarinet, Geoff Kelly on didgeridoo and tapping, and Steve Neola adding some of...
Downloads: 12,407 (4 reviews)
|Mike Verde - Hypocenter [kpu074] - Mike Verde|
Vancouver seems to be turning out a great number of highly creative artists as of late, as our recent releases have shown, and Mike Verde is another example of the great new music that is coming out of British Columbia. Hypocenter is an EP that has a little bit of everything - obvious jazz influences, intricate breaks and rhythm sections, really beautiful melodies, and an emotional underlay that is evident throughout all of the songs...
Downloads: 12,670 (2 reviews)